Tuesday, July 24, 2007

On the Injured Roster

Copyright Tattered Edge 2007
Yes, I am still here. I haven't been online much because that fall down the front stirs I took last week really did a number on my back. I am in constant and considerable pain and for some reason (probably swelling from the injury) I can't feel my legs and feet-the nerves are being crushed. I had back x-rays done last night and just waiting to hear what they show. In the meantime, I am making a valiant effort to not become unbearable grumpy. (Pain like this will do that to me.)

Sunday I taught my altered book class but due to a variety of unusual circumstances the class was uncharacteristically small. It was a very different experience than teaching my usual sized classes, but it afforded me the opportunity to get to know my students better. I had a good time and I think Judy and Karen did too! *waves*

I am teaching An Introduction to Collage on Thursday and then I am going to try (the operative word here being try!) to take it easy and see if my poor back will improve. We have a family camping trip planned with my in-laws and I just don't know what I will do if I am not markedly better by then. I can't think of anything worse than "roughing it" with a back injury.

Work continues on the "secret project". I am almost finished so I will have something to show for it pretty soon. What is the secret project? Well I thought it would be fun to gather a group of artist friends and do an art tote exchange over the summer. After asking some questions about personal preference, I matched everyone up with partners. Each person is making a tote for their partner in their favourite colours and style and "arting it up" on the outside. They are including goodies inside the tote (either handmade or store bought or a combination of both) and sending it off to their partner. Everyone is taking photos of their finished pieces and Gillian has asked to show the project on Art-e-zine when we are done.

In addition to myself, here are the other participants:
Barbara Atwell
Debra Cooper
Amy Huff
Liz Lamoreux
Deb Lewis
Caren McNee
Ruth O'Connor
Kristen Robinson
Liz Smith
Mary Stanley
Kristin Steiner
Kathy Strittmater
Kathy Wasilewski
Everyone has been busy in their studios putting the pedal to the metal to make something really special for their partners. I have received a few photos of the completed work and what I have seen so far is wonderful!

And keeping with the theme of the art that I added to this post, here are 5 simple things I adore:

-Tea in my favourite cup, made for me every night by my husband.
-Kind words from a friend.
-The briny smell of the ocean.
-Snuggling under quilts that were the work of my hands.
-A good book.

Okay, that's all I have for now!


Deb said...

Consider one of the things you adore DONE (kind words from a friend) - Love you & can't wait to see the totes! (Waaa! wish I'd had the time to participate!)
Hang in there, the back will soon be better.


liz elayne lamoreux said...

i hope you and your back recover soon. back pain is so darn horrible. i hate it. people who have never had it cannot understand (i know that i did not and now i have so much more understanding of my yoga students who suffer from it).
take care of yourself my dear.

(and i am getting this tote done! it has been so much fun...can't wait to see what everyone created...)